Tony Cozier, voice of cricket in the West Indies, dies at 75

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) Tony Cozier, the commentator and writer regarded as the voice of cricket in the West Indies, has died. He was 75.

The West Indies Cricket Board said Cozier died in his native Barbados on Wednesday, without giving further detail.

Cozier covered cricket for more than 50 years and was a familiar voice on radio and television in other countries, including Britain and Australia.

''He represented West Indies wherever he went,'' the WICB said in a statement. ''He educated people around the world about our cricket, our people, our culture and who we are. His voice was strong and echoed around the cricket world.''

Cozier wrote several books, and was the editor and publisher of the West Indies Cricket Annual for over 20 years. He was awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club for services to the game in December 2011.